James M. Wallace Jr.

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Wallace, James M., Jr.
July 11, 1923 - Jan. 6, 2013
Local attorney and businessman James M. Wallace, Jr., 89, passed away suddenly at his home on January 6, 2013. Mr. Wallace practiced law in Bradenton for 60 years, and had been involved in numerous leadership positions in civic organizations in Bradenton and surrounding communities.
Mr. Wallace was born on July 11, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in nearby Merion, PA. He attended The Haverford School in Haverford, PA, and graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, and Columbia Midshipman School in New York. He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, served as a lieutenant senior grade, and later was called back to active duty during the Korean War. He served on SC 450, PCS 1378 and DE 219. Mr. Wallace graduated from University of Miami School of Law in 1950 with the highest average in his class, and was admitted to the Florida Bar the same year.
After the war, in 1952, Mr. Wallace moved to Bradenton and established a law practice on 12th Street West across from the Manatee County Courthouse, and subsequently moved to 420 Old Main Street, where he practiced up until the time of his death. He specialized in real estate transactions, probate, estates and trusts, and corporations, among other matters. Mr. Wallace was admitted to practice in all courts in Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court, among others.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wallace was active in various civic organizations. He was a past president of the Manatee County Bar Association, Manatee Blood Bank, Manatee River Lions Club, Golby-Reasoner Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society, Florida Morgan Horse Association, Downtown Bradenton Association, and the Desoto Towers, and was a past co-chairman of the DeSoto Celebration. He was a 50-year member of the U.S. Power Squadron and was voted Manatee County's best attorney in 1997.
For several years, Mr. Wallace participated in high point open and amateur rider competitions in statewide and national Morgan Horse shows, stopping only in his mid-80s after falling and breaking a collarbone. Mr. Wallace believed that his optimism was the one quality that contributed to his success and happiness over all others.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Roberts Wallace of Bradenton; two brothers, Wallace H. Wallace (Helen Wallace) of Gladwyne, PA, and William H. Wallace of Northampton, MA; sons, James M. Wallace, III (Linda Williams) of Raleigh, NC, The Honorable Douglas A. Wallace (Marcia Brock Wallace) of Parrish, William D. Wallace (Thom Haller) of Washington, DC, and Donald H. Wallace of Bradenton, and stepson Todd Smith (Eric Gallery) of Tampa. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Rachel Wallace Reid of Parrish, Paul Wallace of Parrish, and Michael Wallace of Durham, NC, and five great-grandchildren. His sister Elizabeth Wallace Muller predeceased him. He also leaves behind a devoted office staff including Gail Calandra, Diane Haggard, Sue Northcott, and Brenda Aleman-Flores and long-time associate Richard Hanlon.
Visitation with Mr. Wallace's family will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM, with burial at Skyway Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Wallace's name to Manatee County Animal Services (No-Kill Shelter), 305 25th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221.


Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013
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